"Jay Neugeboren traverses the Hitlerian tightrope with all the skill and formal daring that have made him one of the most honored writers of literary fiction and masterful nonfiction. This new book is, at once, a beautifully realized work of imagined history, a rich and varied character study and a subtly layered novel of ideas, all wrapped in a propulsively readable story. Neugeboren is marvelous. Part of the power of this intelligently and finely wrought novel is that... thoughts and questions arise unforced from the story, as though from life itself." —Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
"Intelligent and absorbing... subtle and affecting." —Tova Reich, Washington Post
On the eve of World War II, Elisabeth Rofman returns to New York to discover her father has disappeared. She befriends Dr. Bloch—a fascinating historical figure, physician to the Hitler family when Hitler was young, and the only Jew for whom Hitler arranged departure from Europe. Dr. Bloch aids in the search, also hiding Elisabeth’s son, who has escaped from a Maryland institution.
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Bloch also dispassionately reviews his life and his status as an Edeljude, a “noble Jew,” who raises an interesting and ultimately unanswerable question: “In accepting favors granted to me by Adolf Hitler that were, to my knowledge, granted to no other Jew, have I been dishonorable?” While Bloch ...Apr 01 2008 | Read Full Review of 1940
She befriends Dr. Bloch—a fascinating historical figure, physician to the Hitler family when Hitler was young, and the only Jew for whom Hitler arranged departure from Europe.May 04 2008 | Read Full Review of 1940